I get both sides. I get the case to keep Rich Rodriguez– I understand the mix of talent and injuries that were huge factors as to why we’re in this mess, and to start over would set the program back further. And I see the results and I’ve observed the neglected & misguided defense and clearly understand why people think it’s time to move on.
I know there are a lot of you out there that are on the fence. The lunatic middle. You understand that a guy has to have a few recruiting classes, there are a few positive signs and of course there’s Denard. At the same time you can barely watch this team get manhandled by decent opponents. I think there’s a big camp out there that’s just going to put their trust in Brandon to make the call. He’s done nothing in the past few months to think that he’s not going to do what’s best for Michigan.
I’m no longer on the fence but I understand. I’ve stated here that you don’t get thirdsies on defensive coordinator (I think that should be in the next contract. Twosies maybe). If I’m Dave Brandon we bring in a new coach.
Having been somewhat close to the program for the past few years I really like these players and they seem to love Rodriguez. No one seems to doubt what he’s doing, they are behind him and they are playing hard. So if he returns I’m behind them and if he turns it around, won’t it be fine?
One thing that isn’t a factor is the salary money. I laughed when people suggested that Charlie Weis’s contract would make the Irish think twice about letting him go. Ha! I just laughed again. No one is waiting until January to save a few bucks in buy-out money. If Brandon lets Rodriguez go they will work something out. As I understand it, to the letter of the contract, Michigan can still let Rodriguez go “with cause” thanks to the NCAA major violations and pay him nothing–but I don’t think that’ll happen. And keep in mind that Rodriguez would have an interest to move on and interview for the one of the openings in the next few weeks if the two agree to part ways. There would be a settlement.
On the other side, if a new coach is brought in the salary won’t be a limitation, at least vis a vis other college programs. I’ve heard Cowherd argue that Michigan doesn’t pay compared to other college programs. The concept that it is “compensation enough” to be the coach at Michigan doesn’t apply any longer especially when there are suites to fill. Brandon will pay whatever it takes and I trust him to make the right call.
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